Greek Embroidered Panel - Greek Island or Epirus - (1800-1850)
A rare, exquisite Ottoman-influenced Greek embroidery on hand woven linen. This textile is a tour-de-force of embroidery styles: the central area consists exclusively of flowers of many hues created with silk chain-stitch, while the outer pattern bands are of silk and metal threads organized by musabak stitch, satin stitch, slanted satin stitch, counted chain stitch blocks, and double running stitch. Typical of some textiles of the Greek Islands, many panels were embroidered and then connected by handworked decorative needlelace. Backing is of an fine, old red twill cloth.